Brown Falcon

The Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) is a small to medium raptor. It is common throughout Australia. Brown Falcons are usually seen alone, searching for food from an exposed perch, such as a telegraph pole. When prey is sighted, the bird swoops down and grasps it in its claws (talons), killing the prey with a bite to the spine. The powerful bill has specialised ‘tomial’ teeth and matching notches for this purpose. Less often the species will hunt by hovering or gliding over the ground, often at great heights. Brown Falcons feed on small mammals, insects, reptiles and, less often, small birds.

Brown Falcon through grasses, sitting on a fence post

High on a telegraph pole

and on the wing swooping low

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

15 thoughts on “Brown Falcon

  1. This guy is beautiful. We had a family of falcons nesting in some highrise office building window sills in Richmond that were quite a story for a couple of years. I’m not sure if they are still there or not. Your photos reminded me of them. Beatuiful shots of these magnificent birds, Christine. 🙂

  2. Beautiful bird. We have one located at the top of one of our downtown skyscrapers. I remembering reading that their was a nest of them at one time. Your photos are wonderful.


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